Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton smiles after winning pole position at the Australian Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton smiles after winning pole position at the Australian Grand Prix. TRACEY NEARMY

Hamilton on pole but Vettel leads Ferrari resurgence

NEW cars, the fastest ever Formula 1 lap of Albert Park - and a new hope.

Yes, Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, but Sebastian Vettel will start alongside him in what appears to be a Ferrari resurgence.

Vettel was three-tenths slower than Hamilton's mercurial 1min 22.188sec pole lap, but is at least within striking distance of causing a boilover on race day.

The home crowd's hopes of a Daniel Ricciardo pole were dashed late in the session, the Red Bull driver crashing out before he could complete a full lap.

He will now start from 10th on the grid - unless his car needs a new gearbox after the crash, with a subsequent penalty that would drop him to 15th.

Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen line up on an all-Finnish second row, with Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean on row three.

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